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Apple Doesn't Want Musicians to See Secret Steve Jobs Deposition
In bringing a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music over digital music revenues, musicians trigger a big objection from Apple.
Aftermath Records, a division of Universal Music Group, is about to go to trial in a case that will determine what money is owed over digital music to producers of many hit Eminem records. Meanwhile, in another case -- a class action against UMG brought by many musicians including Rob Zombie, the estate of Rick James, and others -- the plaintiffs are demanding to see trial exhibits, expert reports, depositions and other documents from the Eminem case. The discovery request has brought a strong objection from Apple Inc., which is trying to shield these documents from coming out. Among the evidence being sought is a deposition of Steve Jobs, which when it was first produced, led to the extraordinary move by the judge of ordering most everyone out of the courtroom, including UMG's employees.
The musicians in the class action want to pierce the veil, but Apple contends that depositions given by Jobs and senior vp Eddy Cue, as well as other documents related to Apple's business relationships with UMG and other record labels, are "highly confidential and proprietary trade secrets."
Apple, however, says the plaintiffs haven't shown how the requested documents are relevant. Instead, Apple faults the attorneys for the musicians bringing a motion for documents that is "broad but indiscriminate." If the documents are released, the company says it will experience competitive harm.
Why is Apple fighting so hard to keep two-year-old court records sealed?
I wonder if the so called "highly confidential and proprietary trade secrets." Apple supposedly wants people from learning are similar to the illegal price-fixing it did with major book publishing houses, something for which the DOJ is Suing Apple and the publishers.
Time for the musicians to ensure that they dont get short changed by similar backdoor dealings.
U.S. Alleges E-Book Scheme
Lawsuit Says Apple, Publishers Colluded to Raise Prices; Three Will Settle
Posted by Vehl | Tue May 1, 2012, 05:35 PM (0 replies)
Google is giving us another reason to goof off on a Friday with an Easter egg related to the popular game StarCraft.
If you type “Zerg Rush” into Google, the “O’s” in Google take over the page. If you double click, your cursor turns into a plus sign. Click on the O’s and you wipe them out. Google then tabulates your score and, in a social media twist, lets you post your score on Google+.
For the uninitiated, Zergs are an alien race of insectoids in Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft. In the game you “rush” them by amassing your battle units and blitz them.
Type "Zerg Rush" in your Google search...and fight the invading Zergs!
Check it out. Its hilarious!!
dont forget to scroll down your screen, there are Zergs eating at your search results from the bottom too!
The "GG" (for "Good Game") in the end is a nice touch.
Posted by Vehl | Fri Apr 27, 2012, 04:05 PM (2 replies)
Kurt Mix, a drilling and completions project engineer for BP during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, has become the first employee of the oil company to be arrested. Mix is charged with obstruction of justice and allegedly deleting over 200 text messages from his iPhone pertaining to the explosion and repair of the oil well and rig in what became America's worst offshore oil spill.
Mix was involved with estimating the flow rate of the oil from the ruptured well on the sea floor, and authorities are investigating his involvement with the Top Kill efforts, which pumped heavy mud into the broken well to try to stop the spill. Experts knew that if the oil was spilling out at the rate of 15,000 barrels per day or greater, Top Kill couldn't work, but BP publicly claimed the well was spilling 5,000 barrels per day.
Forensic experts apparently recovered a deleted text from Mix's iPhone from the first day of BP's Top Kill effort saying "Too much flowrate—over 15,000." The texts were allegedly deleted after Mix had been instructed to preserve documentation pertaining to the spill. In a statement, BP would not comment on the case but said it was cooperating with the Justice Department.
Why am I not surprised?
Posted by Vehl | Tue Apr 24, 2012, 09:08 PM (0 replies)
I decided to make a thread about the caste system after reading about it on a thread in the religion section of DU
It might come as a surprise to many here, but Caste is a British invention.
India had/has the Jatis.
Jāti (the word literally means 'thus born') is the term used to denote the thousands of clans, tribes, communities and sub-communities in India. It is a term used across religions. Each jāti typically has an association with a traditional job function or tribe, although religious beliefs (e.g. Sri Vaishnavism or Veera Shaivism) or linguistic groupings may define some jatis. A person's surname typically reflects a community (jati) association: thus Gandhi = perfume seller, Dhobi = washerman, Srivastava = military scribe, etc. In any given location in India 500 or more jatis may co-exist, although the exact composition will differ from district to district.
The four fold "Caste" system is a British invention, thanks to the confused British "Indologists" of the 18/19th centuries. The only mention(and definitely not known to the overwhelming majority of Indians...at least not in the past 2500 years!) of fourfold grouping is found in an obscure text called the Manusmriti. No one payed attention to it, and It was relegated to the dustbin of history about 2500-3000 years ago when The Hindu Vedantic/Upanishadic philosophies supplanted the hoary old Vedic Ritualism.
refer to my recent post about this here
Hinduism is a Way of Life, and Life tends to be Organised Chaos
There were/are thousands of Jatis in India. The British, when they took over the continent, decided that they wanted an easier system to classify their subjects. They found the Jati system very complex and confusing. For example, people belonging to a Jati could be both fishermen, and Naval Sailors. Another Jati members could be both scribes and agriculturists. Yet another Jati could be soldiers during wartime, and coconut pluckers during peacetime! This has been(and continues to be) the way the Jatis operate in India. On top of this, the widely different Linguistic/regions subcultures had their own flavors to this system. However some British Indologists who probably read the manustrimiti (forgotten and discarded by Indians) decided that the Hindus should be divided into 4 castes!.
Known for their bureaucracy, soon all British subjects in India were arbitrarily classified into one of the 4 "Castes".The Chrisitan missionaries also played a big part in the creation of this "Caste" system as they believed it was their right to bring "civlization" to the savages...often by misinterpreting, and attacking such misinterpretations as some evil pagan religion/rite.
All of a sudden, even people from regions of India where the 4fold system of the Manustrimit was not even known 3000 years ago, found themselves classified into a 4fold caste system that was totally alien to them.
Contemporary scholars thus argue that the social system was made rigid and the four-fold Varna caste made ubiquitous by the British colonial regime, much like the caste or casta systems literature for southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Before the British use of Varna categories for enumerating and ranking the Jatis in the decennial census, the relative ranking of the Jatis and castes was fluid and differed from one place to another, based on their political and economic power. Dirks proposes that caste is neither an unchanged survival of ancient India nor a system that reflects India's core cultural value. Rather than a basic expression of Indian tradition, caste is a modern phenomenon, the product of commentaries of 18th and 19th century Christian missionaries driven to bring religion to uncivilized masses, and the enumerative obsessions of the late-19th century census. Dirks concludes one effect of British rule of India was to make caste into a single term capable of naming and above all subsuming India's social identity in the world.
Upon independence from the British rule, the Indian Constitution listed 1,108 castes across the country as Scheduled Castes in 1950, for affirmative action. The Scheduled Castes are sometimes called as Dalit in contemporary literature. In 2001, the proportion of Dalit population was 16.2 percent of India's total population.
^^ As evidenced from this,If the British were correct, how could there be more than 4 castes??? This is a clear example of how the Jati system was mistaken for Castes.
The British, since 1901, for the purposes of the Decennial Census, fitted all the Jatis into one or the other of the varna categories as described in Brahminical literature. The Census Commissioner had this to say, "The principle suggested as a basis was that of classification by social precedence as recognized by native public opinion at the present day, and manifesting itself in the facts that particular castes are supposed to be the modern representatives of one or other of the castes of the theoretical Hindu system;". This deliberately ignored the fact that there are innumerable Jatis that straddled two or more Varnas, based on occupation.
As a community in south India put it, "We are soldiers and saddle makers too"
but it was the enumerators who decided their caste. The Indian society since pre-historic times had a complex, inter-dependent and cooperative political economy. One well known text, the Laws of Manu, c. 200, codified the social relations between communities from the perspective of the Varna castes. Although this book was almost unknown south of the Vindhyas, it gained prominence when the British administrators and Western scholars used it exclusively to gain an understanding of traditional Hindu law in India.
For example, lets look at the Popular Kindu God Krishna. His Jati is Yadava. According to the British version of the "Castes", the Yadavas are classified as a "backward caste" ...counting as untouchables in certain instances. They are listed thus because of their trade of cattle herding. However, During the Indian Epic Mahabharat, Krishna was the King of the Yadavs and the Yadavas were Kshatriyas(Aristocrats) of the Chandravamshi (Lineage of the Moon) line. The Mahabharata also lists that even then their immense wealth was due to their vast cattle herds. Thus it was known that a Jati could do two very different trades/jobs. However, according to the British "Caste" classification of The Yadavas, they are not Kshatriya but are lowly farmhands....for the simple reason that the British system could not account for the diversity, and complexity of the Jati system.
On a related note, the role/social-importance/diet of a Jati could vary from region to region..and certain Jatis are only found in certain regions of the Subcontinent.
A South Indian Brahmin is a strict vegetarian
A Bengali (from north-eastern India) Brahmin is not!
They dont look the same, they dont speak the same language(In fact they belong to different language families!), they dont have the same customs...yet according to the British they are the same
I hope more people differentiate between the Jatis(Actual system in existence) and Caste(a British invention).
PS: This British invention of the "Caste" system is very similar to their invention of the "Martial Races" theory. ironically, only those who fought for the British were listed as the "Martial races", the countless communities/people of the Subcontinent who fought against the British(Most often these were the Original Kshatriyas) were excluded from this list.
Feel free to ask any questions/make any comments
Posted by Vehl | Tue Apr 17, 2012, 06:12 PM (14 replies)
The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned that there were "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world. I am more worried than I have been in the past … it's scary."
He said the threat to the freedom of the internet came from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry attempting to crack down on piracy, and the rise of "restrictive" so-called walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly controlled what software could be released on their platforms.
The 38-year-old billionaire, whose family fled antisemitism in the Soviet Union, was widely regarded as having been the driving force behind Google's partial pullout from China in 2010 over concerns about censorship and cyber-attacks.
He said five years ago he did not believe China or any country could effectively restrict the internet for long but he had been proven wrong: "I thought there was no way to put the genie back in the bottle, but now it seems in certain areas the genie has been put back in the bottle."
Sergey (& Page too) is probably one of the few top tech CEO's nowadays who are concerned about these kinds of stuff.
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Behind Google Inc.'s shuttering of its China-based search engine earlier this week was a conscientious decision by its co-founder Sergey Brin to stop compromising with a government that was increasingly interfering with its business, The Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site Wednesday. Brin told the newspaper that after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government began to step up its Web censoring and interfering more with Google's operation. But more than anything else, Brin was moved to take the dramatic steps because of China's repressive behavior which reminded him of his native Soviet Union which he fled when he was a child, according to the Journal. "He says memories of that time--having his home visited by Russian police; the anti-Semitic discrimination against his father--emboldened his view that it was time to abandon Google's policy," the newspaper reported.
Check his TED talk about Chinese government's actions and why he(Sergey) shuttered the Chinese operations of Google because of it.
Sergey Brin on Google's China decision
Posted by Vehl | Sun Apr 15, 2012, 12:42 PM (5 replies)
I got this article forwarded to me on email, and I find it to be a very good one, one that traces the origins of the Vedanta schools of Hindu philosophy.
Before posting the article, a brief overview.
Vedanta literally means "End of the Vedas" (Also interpreted as the "Culmination of the Vedas").
The Vedas were Hindu hymns from around 2000 BC which talk about pretty much everything under the sun. Even though the core of the Vedanta philosophies already existed in the Vedas, they were simply overwhelmed by the ritual so commonly found in the Vedas. Thus by around 2000-1500 BCE Hinduism has become entirely dependent upon rituals and worship of the god/s (except for a select few who chose the paths of Yoga(meditation) and Jana(knowledge)).
These Yogis(Those who practiced Yoga) and Janis(Those who sought knowledge..be is spiritual or scientific) were disgusted by the ritualism they saw around them..and brought about a revolution by writing/collating a series of works known as the Upanishads(also known as Vedanta). Some were pure materialists...some were scientists..some Atheists, some agnostics....Atomists...men and Women who decided that the rigorous ritual and worship of the god/s do not lead to any positive end and took it upon themselves to rid Hinduism of the Vedic Ritualism. Their work gave Hinduism some of its most lofty and sublime philosophical traditions, especially the non-dualist philosophies(Advaita Vedanta) which pretty much eliminated most of the Vedic ritualism and the Vedic pantheon.
The following is their story.
Hinduism is a Way of Life, and Life tends to be Organised Chaos
The beauty of being a Hindu lies in your freedom to be who you want to be. Nobody can tell you what to do, or what not to do. There is no initiation and or baptism. Hinduism is a way of Life. There is no central authority, no single leader of the faith. No one can pass an order to excommunicate you, or like in some countries, pass a decree that orders ‘death by stoning’ for walking with a ‘strange’ man.
We don’t appreciate our freedom because we can’t feel the plight of others who aren’t free. Many religions have a central authority with awesome power over the individual. They have a clear chain of command, from the lowliest local priest to the highest central leader. Hinduism somehow escaped from such central authority, and the Hindu has miraculously managed to hold on to his freedom through the ages. How did this happen?
Vedanta is the answer. When the writers of Vedanta emerged, around 1500 BC, they faced an organised religion of orthodox Hinduism. This was the post Vedic age, where ritualism was practiced, and the masses had no choice but to follow. It was a coercive atmosphere.
The writers of Vedanta rebelled against this authority and moved away from society into forests. This was how the ‘Aranyakas’ were written, literally meaning ‘writings from the forest’. These later paved the way for the Upanishads, and Vedanta eventually caught the imagination of the masses. It emerged triumphant, bearing with it the clear voice of personal freedom.
This democracy of religious thought, so intrinsic to Vedantic intelligence, sank into the mindset of every Indian. Most couldn’t fathom the deep wisdom it contained, but this much was very clear, they understood that faith was an expression of personal freedom, and one could believe at will. That’s why Hinduism saw an explosion of Gods. There was a God for every need and every creed. If you wanted to build your muscles, you worshiped a God with fabulous muscles. If you wanted to pursue education, there was a Goddess of Learning. If it was wealth you were looking for, then you looked up to the Goddess of weath — with gold coins coming out of her hands. If you wanted to live happily as a family, you worshiped Gods who specially blessed families. When you grew old and faced oncoming death, you spent time in contemplating a God whose business it was to dissolve everything — from an individual to the entire Universe.
Everywhere, divinity appeared in the manner and form you wanted it to appear, and when its use was over, you quietly discarded that form of divinity and looked at new forms of the divine that was currently of use to you. ‘Yad Bhavam, tad Bhavati’… what you choose to believe becomes your personal truth, and freedom to believe is always more important than belief itself.
Behind all this — was the silent Vedantic wisdom that Gods are but figments of human imagination. As the Kena Upanishad says, “Brahma ha devebhyo vijigye…” — All Gods are mere subjects of the Self. It implies that it is far better that God serves Man than Men serve God. Because Men never really serve God — they only obey the dictates of a religious head who speaks for that God, who can turn them into slaves in God’s name.
Hindus have therefore never tried to convert anyone. Never waged war in the name of religion. The average Hindu happily makes Gods serve him as per his needs. He discards Gods when he has no use for them. And new Gods emerge all the time — in response to the current needs. In this tumult, no central authority could survive. No single prophet could emerge and hold sway, no chain of command could be established.
Vedanta had injected an organised chaos into Hinduism, and that’s the way it has been from the last thirty five centuries. Vedanta is also responsible, by default, for sustaining democracy. When the British left India, it was assumed that the nation would soon break up. Nothing of that kind has happened. The pundits of doom forgot that the Indian had been used to religious freedom from thousands of years. When he got political freedom, he grabbed it naturally. After all, when one can discard and/or change Gods why can’t one discard leaders? Leaders like Gods are completely expendable to the Indian, predomonantly Hindu mindset. They are tolerated as long as they serve the people, and are replaced when needs change. It’s the triumph of people over their leaders, in true democratic manner. Strange how the thoughts of a few men living in forests, thirty five centuries ago, can echo inside the heart of the Indian, majority of whom profess Hinduism. That’s a tribute to the resurgent power of India, and the fearlessness of its free thinking people.
“Hinduism is a Way of Life, and Life tends to be Organised Chaos !”
Posted by Vehl | Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:12 PM (7 replies)
NEW YORK—The U.S. filed an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Apple Inc and five of the nation's largest publishers, alleging they conspired to limit competition for the pricing of e-books.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, alleges Apple and the publishers reached an agreement where retail price competition would cease, retail e-books prices would increase significantly and Apple would be guarantee a 30% "commission" on each e-book sold.
Three of the publishers have agreed to settle, according to court documents. Those are Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins Publishers Inc. Under the settlement, those publishers will terminate any agreement they have with Apple regarding electronic books.
The lawsuit included a quote from the late Steve Jobs, head of Apple, describing his company's strategy for negotiating with the publishers: "We'll go to agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30%, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that's what you want anyway."
Ever wondered why Ebooks, which used to be considerably cheaper than their print versions are now mostly priced the same or even more? It is because of the Price fixing Apple did. I used to be able to buy ebooks at around 9.99 before Apple's new "business plan" with the major publishers came into effect. Now some of the very same books cost around 20$! . In fact its cheaper for me to go down to a brick and mortar bookstore and buy the hard copy. We customers are being ripped off.
And why am I Not surprised to see that Steve was up to his knees in this slime....this is something he would(and did) find very attractive. Read the rest of the Article on the link above. It's pretty interesting.
The DOJ filing is now available online
Posted by Vehl | Wed Apr 11, 2012, 11:51 AM (64 replies)
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- Soldiers from the India and U.S armies trained together March 5-19 in exercise Yudh Abhyas 2011-2012 at Majahan and Bathinda, India. Yudh Abhyas is a bilateral training exercise supporting peacekeeping operations sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific and the India Army.
Participating U.S. Soldiers were from USARPAC, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; 25th Infantry Division, 2-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2-14 Cavalry, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; 2nd Engineer Brigade, 6th Engineer Sapper Platoon, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; 505th Quartermaster Battalion, Torii Station, Japan; 413th Contracting Support Brigade, Fort Shafter; and the California Army National Guard. Soldiers from India Army's 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and 471st Engineer Brigade participated in Yudh Abhyas.
This marked the eighth time the USARPAC-sponsored theater security cooperation exercise was held with the India Army. Yudh Abhyas began in 2004 and has moved from platoon-level operations to brigade and battalion-level operations. Yudh Abhyas enhanced cooperation and interoperability during training. Cultural exchanges also helped build skills necessary for peacekeeping operations.
This year was the first use of the India Army field firing area in the Rajasthan desert for Yudh Abhyas. The training area provided the capability to conduct large-scale, complex bilateral drills with India Army forces in a challenging environment.
Yudh Abhyas is an annual exercise between the Indian and U.S. armies. Yudh Abhyas 2012 took place in Mahajan training range, Rajasthan, India 70km from the Pakistan border. This is a short trailer showing some of the events of the military exercise. The units that took part were from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) including the A troop 2-14 Cav 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and the 6th Engineer Battalion (Airborne), 2nd Engineer Brigade out of Ft. Richardson, Alaska.
Produced and Shot by SSG Robert Ham.
Cultural Advisor, SPC Mohan Pagonda.
Music by Celldweller
Song - ShutEmDown
Operation Desert Lark - U.S. and Indian Soldiers during Yudh Abhyas
Short Documentary about Operation Desert Lark a training event during Yudh Abhyas, and annual exercise between the U.S. and Indian Armies. This training took place in Rajasthan, India. The units that took part were from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) including the A troop 2-14 Cav 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and the 6th Engineer Battalion (Airborne), 2nd Engineer Brigade out of Ft. Richardson, Alaska, along with Indian conventional and Special Forces units.
Produced and Shot by SSG Robert Ham
Music by Celldweller
Song - Elara
Live Fire Range Competition in India - Yudh Abhyas
Short documentary story about U.S. and Indian Soldiers competing in a live fire range held during the Yudh Abhyas exercise 2012. The units that took part were from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) including the A troop 2-14 Cav 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and the 6th Engineer Battalion (Airborne), 2nd Engineer Brigade out of Ft. Richardson, Alaska.
Produced and Shot by SSG Robert Ham.
Cultural Advisor and translation by SPC Mohan Pagonda.
Music: Deva Shree Ganesha by Ajay Gogavale (from the soundtrack Agneepath)
The Yearly Joint Naval Excercises known as the "Malabar"series is about to begin soon
WASHINGTON: Equipped with guided-missile cruiser, destroyer and submarine, US and Indian naval forces will participate in the 10-day long annual Malabar exercise in the Bay of Bengal, the US 7th Fleet announced today.
"The United States and India share common values and seafaring traditions. Our navies are natural partners, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen the bonds and personal relationships between our navies," it said.
A regularly scheduled naval field training exercise that has grown in scope and complexity over the years, Malabar 2012 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises conducted to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues, the 7th Fleet said in a statement.
"The Indian Navy and US 7th Fleet have a common understanding and knowledge of a shared working environment at sea. This exercise helps to advance the level of understanding between our Sailors and we hope to be able to continue this process over time," the statement said.
Great to see the cooperation between these nations, and special Kudos to SSG Robert Ham for the awesome vids.
Posted by Vehl | Sat Apr 7, 2012, 02:11 PM (0 replies)
^^ One of the dozens of designs being tested. Google says multiple designs, some which can be worn over regular glasses will be available.
^^ Contact lenses with built in screens under development.
If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don’t worry. It’s probably just a Google employee testing the company’s new augmented-reality glasses.
On Wednesday, Google gave people a clearer picture of its secret initiative called Project Glass. The glasses are the company’s first venture into wearable computing.The glasses are not yet for sale. Google will, however, be testing them in public.
In a post shared on Google Plus, employees in the company laboratory known as Google X, including Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun, asked people for input about the prototype of Project Glass. Mr. Lee, a Google product manager and originally worked on Google mapping software Latitude, mobile maps and indoor maps, is responsible for the software component and the location-based aspects of the glasses.
“We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” the three employees wrote. “Please follow along as we share some of our ideas and stories. We’d love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?”
Read the Full story here
Check this mind blowing video which showcases what the glasses will do
This is truly amazing, and innovative. This invention comes from the secret Google X labs, which also produced the Google self driving car currently under testing.
Link to Story on the Google self driving car driving a blind man on his errands.
Google puts a blind man behind the wheel of its self-driving car
PS: Other projects being worked on in the X Labs?
Posted by Vehl | Wed Apr 4, 2012, 02:05 PM (89 replies)
Sometimes it feels all too easy to succumb to cynicism when looking at the cutthroat competition in the tech world, but a new video from Google that demonstrates its self-driving car is more than enough to lead one's heart back to the optimism inherent in human technology. In the video, Google employees pick up Steve Mahan, a man who's lost 95 percent of his vision, and put him behind the wheel — and from the moment the car starts up to a gentle robotic voice that announces "auto driving," it's clear that this ride is going to be unlike any other you've seen. Steve explains how "you lose your timing in life, everything takes you much longer" — "there are some places that you cannot go, there are some things that you really cannot do." But it's clear that for Steve, who's able to order a drive-through burrito and pick up his dry cleaning, that this could be an utterly uplifting technology, and one more imminent than some could have imagined.
Google announced its self-driving car project back in 2010, and since then it says it has safely completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving. Others like BMW, Audi, Toyota, and university engineers are working on their own versions of computer-controlled driving systems, too. And with states like Nevada easing into the use of self-driving cars on public roads with recently approved regulations, the concept seems to be gaining legitimate traction in the public eye. Google says that it organized the test as a "technical experiment outside of our core research efforts," but that "it's also a promising look at what this kind of technology may one day deliver for society" — a promise that could one day allow those like Steve to experience the joy of driving, and more importantly, the dignity of self-determination in ways they never thought possible.
Truly Amazing. This technology is much further along than I thought possible. Opens up a whole new world for the differently abled.
PS: When news about Google's self driving cars leaked to the press in 2010, a lot of "tech journalists" pooh poohed it, claiming that Google should just "focus" on what it does already..and should not invest in such different stuff. However this video clearly shows how wrong they were. Imagine a world where the disabled could do much more than they can do now.
Other stuff being worked on at Google's secret X labs include Space elevators (yep!) and Robots. One does not see other Companies invest in such far-out tech. They all do iterative development of existing tech and call it 'innovative", while Google is one of the very few companies which actually do bleeding edge research on technologies that might or might not bear fruit in the distant future. I mean come on...space elevators! how cool is that
An article about the Google X labs
Posted by Vehl | Thu Mar 29, 2012, 11:45 AM (22 replies)